Can you answer the questions: Who are you? What do you believe? What will you become? I will show you how to declaring these truths each day will lead you to a happier life.

Think: Who are you? What do you believe? What will you become?
Do you have an answer?

Honestly, how many people do you know that are prepared to answer these questions right now?

It’s provocative. It’s philosophical. But most importantly, it makes you think about why you wake up in the morning.

This exercise can be helpful in considering what you stand for in life. Nothing is as powerful in determining your destiny as what you believe and what you want to become. It defines the very core of your being.

What is a Personal Declaration Statement?

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

Your Declaration Statement is a manifesto for who you are, what you believe in, and what you would die for.

It should be a literal, physical document that you carefully and thoughtfully write out. Your statement might start out as just one paragraph, but over time, Statements usually grow to be a page or more.

For those of you who have read about Setting your Intent, the Personal Declaration Statement is a distinct while related process. When you set your intent, you state a sentence or two just as you wake up in order to set the tone for a positive day.

The Declaration Statement is larger in scope, stating your long-term goals and beliefs that define the very essence of who you are. If the intent is your Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration is your Constitution.

Like setting your intent, your Personal Declaration Statement should become a part of your daily morning routine.

The very first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning is set your intent by reciting your memorized intent statement. This was mine for the 1st year of my sobriety:

“I Todd Sylvester and clean and sober and nothing and no one and no circumstance is going to change my mind!”

The next step is to read your Declaration Statement out loud. You can keep it somewhere close by in paper form or save it electronically.

It should be noted that your Declaration Statement can and should be altered as you progress and become the person you want to be. Life is a learning experience filled with trial and error.

Your Declaration Statement should be a living document that develops and grows alongside you throughout your journey.

It will be easier to get started on writing your Declaration Statement knowing that you can revisit it later. Just because you have a certain belief about yourself right now, doesn’t mean you will in the future. And that’s okay. We’re all here to learn and grow.

Reading your Declaration Statement in the morning only takes a few minutes to complete, but it serves as a powerful reminder of your purpose in life. It should help you zero in on your most essential goals so that you can go out into the world and achieve them.

Say It Like You Mean It

Just like setting your intent, it is paramount that you declare your statement in the present tense as if it were fact: as if you already had it. The reason for this is simple:

The law of attraction in physics is that “opposites attract.” That’s how electromagnetic force holds all the matter in the world together.

In Metaphysics, however, the law of attraction states that “like attracts like.” This means that the more of something you have in your life, the more of the same will come to you. If I generate love, joy, energy, or gratitude in my life, more and more of those emotions will flow toward me.

That’s why it’s so important that you declare your statement and believe it to be true.

If you say “I hope …” or “I wish …” instead of “I am …” that’s exactly what you’ll get. More wishing, more waiting, more longing and regret — less living the life that you truly desire.

Read your Statement with conviction. You need to really feel it so you can go out into the world and create it. Sometimes I become so impassioned by my Declaration Statement that I find myself pounding my chest with a fist as I read it. Sometimes I tear up.

If you put yourself in a place of abundance rather than scarcity, declare the truth as you see it, I guarantee it will come to you. It’s like you’re telling the universe: “I know who I am, I know what I want,” and the universe will give it to you.

Finding Your Why

“He who has his why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
The hardest part of creating a Declaration Statement might be deciding what exactly it is you stand for. The task of condensing all of your life’s purpose into a few well-thought-out paragraphs is daunting, to say the least.

Alternatively, some of you may be struggling with addictions, anxiety, or other challenges. It may feel like a lack of direction in life is causing you to feel down and depressed or that your goals are too far out of reach.

Sorry to take away your excuses, but it’s not true. You are powerful beyond measure and are free to choose, not only how you feel, but what direction your life takes. The only person who can stop you from making your desires become reality is you.

That being said, here are a couple of strategies to help you overcome your writer’s block and get started on your Declaration Statement.

First of all, you need to remember that this is not the final draft. You’re not submitting it to the Paris Review. It doesn’t belong in a museum. It’s just for you so, while it should be thoughtful, it doesn’t need to be perfect.

It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what you want out of life just yet. Just write what you feel right now and the rest will come as you start living by the principles I teach.

Second, you can use the following exercise to think big and get an idea of what you truly believe about life. I do this with my clients and it’s called Limitless Wishing.

Start by closing your eyes and imagining that your life had no limits, no boundaries, and no restrictions. Take some time to let all your fears and apprehensions slip away. Then, write down everything you would wish for on a piece of paper. Don’t think about it too much, just let it pour out of your mind and on to the page.

The next step is perhaps the most important. You must look at what you wrote down and ask yourself: why? This is the key to unlocking what really matters to you in life.

If you wished for lots of money, you should ask yourself why that is. It might be so that you can help lots of people and give to charity. It might be so that you can have the luxury of pursuing a passion for a scholarship or music. It might simply be that you desire the financial security of knowing the basic needs of your family will be met.

Whatever the reason, the why reveals something crucial about your inner self. This will help you to form an image of yourself that you can strive for — one that you can write down and confidently state each morning as truth.

No Plan B

As you continue to refine your Personal Declaration Statement, you should ask yourself these questions: Who am I? What do I believe? Am I willing to die for who I am and what I believe?

At first glance, the third question may seem dramatic, but in reality, people die for their beliefs all the time: for good or ill.

In my youth, for example, I came close to dying for my drugs. I was on a downward spiral of self-destruction. I valued myself less every single day. For a long time, rather than changing my belief system, I came close to dying for my own self-hatred by taking my own life.

People who overdose on drugs are willing to die for their addictions. People who commit suicide are willing to die for their depression. Is it really so inconceivable that someone might be willing to die for something positive, something that elevates him and propels him into joyful successful life? I don’t think so.

Of course, it is very unlikely that you will ever be called upon to die for your beliefs. No one has ever put a gun to my head and said: “drink this Jack Daniel’s or else.” It’s more about the mindset that comes with being willing to do anything to accomplish your goals.

When you know what you believe, what you want, what you are … there’s no room for a plan B.

As long as there’s only plan A, everything you do will be directed towards accomplishing that goal.

Again, this isn’t to add pressure to the process of writing your statement. You aren’t making one final decision about the rest of your life.

It only means that you will devote your whole self to whatever it is you chose to become. You will put everything on the table and make your decisions the right ones. You won’t look back and

regret having taken the direction you did. You will take every experience in life, whether a success or failure and learn from it. You will find the good in every experience, every moment and every person that comes your way.

That’s what Greatness is. That’s the Human Soul on Fire.

Thank you for Reading and have an amazing day.

Todd Sylvester